For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:17
Many have heard of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” You see it written on t-shirts, bumper stickers and even on bathroom stalls. In fact, it has become so cliche that even many Christians give it little thought. But this verse is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. It holds all hope for humanity. God’s love for us is so great that He would personally sacrifice in order to purchase our souls. This jaw-dropping truth should amaze us and at the very least intrigue us. But, the world would tell us that God is a kill-joy. That He wants to limit us and take the enjoyment out of life. But this lie could not be farther from the truth. In fact it is God’s great love for us that longs to protect us from evil, wrong doing and personal harm. Jesus did not come to condemn us. No! Instead He came that we might receive salvation through Him. It is a free gift.